The Wicked Witch of the West is one of the most iconic characters in Western popular culture, particularly the United States where the MGM film version of the Wizard of Oz is considered a significant part of American culture. Rebecca Mader, who has been playing the ‘Once Upon a Time’ incarnation of the Wicked Witch of the West for several episodes since the show’s return after the mid-season hiatus, is the latest in a line of actresses to be cast as the infamous witch.
But how does her version of the ‘West’ witch stack up to the most recent live action incarnation of the character? Let’s compare Mader’s witch to the recent ‘Wicked Witch’ played by Mila Kunis in Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful to find out!
Rebecca Mader—Once Upon a Time
All of the secrets of Mader’s ‘Witch’ have yet to be revealed, but here’s what we know so far: the Witch, whose real name is Zelena, was abandoned by her mother Cora as a child. Through a freak magical tornado, she ended up in a different land, taken care of by parents who did not love or care for her. After the Wizard of Oz reveals her true origins, she travels to the Enchanted Forest and asks Rumpelstiltskin to train her; she swears revenge, however, when he chooses Regina over her and so begins her quest to create a curse that will turn back time so she can change her past.
Her green skin is revealed to be due to her envy for people who have things she does not—a family, a purpose, or even a palace.
Mila Kunis—Oz the Great and Powerful
Mila Kunis played the Wicked Witch of the West in this Disney-led live action film which centered on the ‘Witches of Oz’ and the origin story of the Wonderful Wizard. In Oz the Great and Powerful, the Wicked Witch wasn’t always so wicked—she has her origins in Theodora, a naïve witch who has been kept in isolation due to her sometimes uncontrollable powers and the fact that many citizens of Oz distrust witches.
But after Theodora is tricked into eating a bewitched apple that causes her heart to shrivel up, she is transformed into a hideous green witch and sets out on a path of destruction and violence. To stream both flicks online, subscribe to a fast internet connection from Charter.